New disc golf course proposed for Lincoln ParkDave Markman, a seasonal worker for Duluth Parks and Recreation, is helping lead the effort to create the city’s next disc golf course — a nine-hole course in Lincoln Park. The proposed course is the topic of a public meeting Wednesday.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Dave Markman describes himself as the “disc golf dude.”
Markman, a seasonal worker for Duluth Parks and Recreation, is helping lead the effort to create the city’s next disc golf course — a nine-hole course in Lincoln Park. The proposed course is the topic of a public meeting Wednesday.
“Disc golf if the fastest-growing sport in the nation, simply because if you have $12 in your pocket you can go buy a Frisbee and play with your friends,” Markman said.
Disc golfers try to put their disc into baskets around a course in the fewest number of throws. A city Duluth’s size should have four to six courses, each 18 to 27 holes, for the public, Markman said.
“Currently the city has one,” he said.
The 18-hole Miller Creek course near Lake Superior College opened in 2007. Other disc golf courses in Duluth include a seven-hole course in Morgan Park, a nine-hole course at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a six-hole course at the College of St. Scholastica. Just outside Duluth, the Mont du Lac recreation area has two courses — one of 18 holes, the other of 22 holes.
The plan is to have nine holes using existing sidewalks and paths as tee boxes. A few holes will be in the front of the park, the rest in the back. There will be no holes in the playground and picnic area.
The course’s baskets will cost about $2,700, and other supplies and labor will increase the costs, although volunteer labor may help hold costs down.
Wednesday’s public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. Third St. The meeting will include a presentation of the course design, community involvement, benefits of disc golf courses and an overview of equipment, signs and park improvements.